Do you like change?
The new LinkedIn appearance and comments relating to it have me thinking about this question. Many of the comments are opposed to the update. But does this mean that the change was wrong or unnecessary, or is the resistance based more on the fact that it’s something new?
Let’s face it, the more familiar you are with something, the more comfortable you become. In a world that is already hyper-connected, the familiar offers a welcome reprieve.
But does this reprieve obscure your ability to look beyond change to see its actual benefits, and the greater opportunity it may provide?
I am not suggesting that all change is good. The old saying about change for the sake of change immediately comes to mind.
What I am saying is that change’s biggest threat is that it requires you to adapt your thinking to a new reality that is often not of your making.
Here are some tips for moving beyond initial resistance to see the bigger picture and potential benefits.
- View change as an opportunity to challenge your current way of thinking or doing things. Think of it as a test that will either confirm your present course or one that will provide a new path to accomplishing your goals and objectives.
- Not all change has to be absolute. It does not have to be an either-or proposition where there are a winner and a loser. Effective change is one that brings together different ideas in which the whole becomes greater than the individual parts.
- When you do not agree with a proposed change, rather than summarily resist it, you have to, without bias, assess the situation through a discerning lens based on fact and personal experience. You then have to present your position in a manner that is both logical and productive. Resist the trap that makes it all about you.
- Finally, be prepared to adapt to change, even if you are not in complete agreement with it. Demonstrate your willingness to respect the opinions of others while doing everything you can to contribute to a successful outcome. Find out how others see the change before you react.
As you reflect about what you’ve achieved in your career and what it will take to stand out in your field, the common denominator will be “change.” As John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”